Tonight, we say goodbye to the beloved British soap opera, Downton Abbey, when the two hour series finale airs on PBS Masterpiece beginning at 9PMEST/PT. The series finale comes on the heels off the penultimate episode of the Emmy-award winning drama that aired two weeks ago.
In that, Mary (Michelle Dockery) finally remarried and to Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode), Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally layed the smackdown on her bitchy sister for ruining her happiness with Bertie, Mr. Barrow (Rob James-Collier) tried to commit suicide, Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) are awaiting their baby, and hopefully putting their crime ridden past behind them, Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) made it very clear that she intends on marrying if she is asked by Lord Merton. Meanwhile, Mr. Moseley (Kevin Doyle) found happinees in his success as a school teacher, and none other than Spratt (Jeremy Swift) was revealed to be advice columnist, Miss Jones!
But where does that leave everyone as we prepare to grab our hankies and say goodbye? In the forefront of everyone’s mind is, will Edith find happiness? Will she be left alone with her child, Marigold? Will Bertie forgive Edith? What’s next for Mary and Henry? Will Thomas find a new beginning? As Mary rode off to start her new life as Mrs. Talbot, her father, Robert the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) stated, and could have previewed the finale: “Of all my children, Edith has given me the most surprises … and I’m sure we haven’t seen the last one yet.”
Look for the residents of ‘Downton’, both upstairs and downstairs to prepare for their futures, some facing a brighter one than others. The series executive producer, Gareth Naeme previewed to Variety on the series finale, “It will have some real, tear-jerking moments.”
So, are you ready to say goodbye to Downton Abbey? What do you think the future holds for Edith, Mary, Lord Grantham and Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), Bates and Anna, Isobel and the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith), Branson (Allen Leech), Mr and Mrs. Carson (Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan) and more? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!